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sense organ

a specialized bodily structure that receives or is sensitive to internal or external stimuli; receptor.
Origin of sense organ
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for sense organs
Historical Examples
  • (c) the cartilaginous capsules of the three pairs of sense organs.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • So far as is known there are no sense organs by which these sensations are aroused.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • On the sensory side, nature provides the use of the sense organs and the sensations immediately resulting from their stimulation.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • The thorn arouses some of the sense organs in the sole of the foot.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • When I am at work my own thought is more real than any impression received through the sense organs.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • We have no sense organs with which it is possible to register such vibrations.

    Elementary Theosophy L. W. Rogers
  • We hold all our muscles in tension in order to receive the fullest possible impression with our sense organs.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • We may well conceive that there is a limit to the development of the sense organs.

    Art Principles Ernest Govett
  • The sense organs are the hairs and bristles and in some species eyes.

  • The sense organs of the shell-valves have already been described.

British Dictionary definitions for sense organs

sense organ

a structure in animals that is specialized for receiving external or internal stimuli and transmitting them in the form of nervous impulses to the brain
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sense organs in Medicine

sense organ n.
A specialized organ or structure, such as the eye, ear, tongue, nose, or skin, where sensory neurons are concentrated and which functions as a receptor. Also called sensor.

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sense organs in Science
sense organ
In animals, an organ or part that is sensitive to a stimulus, as of sound, touch, or light. Sense organs include the eye, ear, and nose, as well as the taste buds on the tongue.
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